Mental Health Support Worker - School-Based

Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant - Wandsworth, South West London

Ref: 5021Tuesday 7 May 2024

£450 - £500 PAYE Per Week

Mental Health Support Worker - School-Based

Salary: £90 - £100 per day PAYE

Working Hours: Full-Time (Term Time Only)

Contract Type: Temp to Perm

Start: ASAP

Are you passionate about supporting students with special needs and complex mental health needs?

Are you looking for a rewarding role that allows you to help students excel in a friendly and supportive environment?


I am seeking an experienced Mental Health Support Worker to join a passionate and therapeutic school in South West London.

The values of Equality, Excellence and Enjoyment underpin all aspects of school life. They pride themselves on being a welcoming, nurturing school and working harmoniously with the broader community. They are committed to supporting children to meet their full potential, allowing all to flourish. Everything the school does focuses on providing the best educational experience for students with a rich curriculum and an engaging range of wider curriculum experiences.


The Responsibilities of a Mental Health Support Worker

  • To build and maintain meaningful relationships with children
  • To enable access to learning for all pupils and assist the teacher in managing pupils and the classroom.
  • To undertake learning, care or support programmes for individuals or groups of pupils.
  • To help organise personalised classroom activities, prepare resources and maintain the learning environment.


Understanding complex Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) issues involve difficulties managing emotions, relationships, and behaviour in children and young people. Children dealing with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges come from various backgrounds. Some face tough family situations, like conflicts or not getting enough support. Others might feel stressed due to money problems or scary events they've experienced. Some children might have differences in their brains or genes that make handling emotions harder. Problems at school, like bullying, can also make SEMH issues worse. Understanding these backgrounds helps in offering the right support to kids dealing with SEMH challenges, tailored to their unique situations and needs. These challenges can lead to:

  • Social Issues: Trouble in making friends, understanding social cues, or relationship conflicts.
  • Emotional Challenges: Difficulty in regulating emotions, leading to outbursts, anxiety, or depression.
  • Impact on Learning: Problems in focusing, attending school, and academic performance.


The Ideal Mental Health Support Worker - School-Based

  • Has experience supporting students with Autism, SEMH, and dysregulated behaviour – even if you do not have formal experience, I want to hear from you!
  • The ideal Mental Health Support Worker must be resilient and adapt to challenging situations
  • Can build and maintain strong relationships whilst enforcing boundaries
  • Is committed to changing the lives of vulnerable young people and will go above and beyond at all time
  • A background in Creative arts or a BSc/MSc in Psychology/Forensic Science/Criminology/Social sciences/Education Studies
  • Restraint training such as Team Teach, MAPA, Positive Behaviour, etc is preferred.


Benefits for the Mental Health Support Worker

  • Opportunities to work with SEN students
  • The opportunity to create a huge social impact and change lives
  • Excellent support and progression opportunities
  • A PAYE structure of £90 - £100 per day!


Interested in hearing more?

If you want to hear more about our SEND opportunities, please get in touch with Heeji Moon at Parker Smith Inclusions! You can also apply by responding to this advert! Applying on our company website and uploading your CV to our website. Unfortunately, if you are not contacted within 5 working days, you have been unsuccessful in this role. However, we will keep your CV, and you are welcome to contact us to discuss your SEND career development.

Parker Smith Inclusion is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We will help you with this.

By applying for this role, you are consenting to Parker Smith Inclusion Ltd storing your personal details in our fully encrypted database, in line with the new GDPR requirements.

Cookies on this website
We to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you wish you can restrict or block cookies by changing your browser setting. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website.